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Today, we discuss why one of LSU’s top linebacker commits has not completely shut down his recruitment.
NEW ORLEANS — Micah Baskerville has flown under the radar for the past few years but finally got due recognition when he and two of his Evangel (La.) Academy teammates gave their verbal pledge to LSU during “Boys From The Boot” in February.
And just like that, Ed Orgeron picked up three commitments from three of the state’s elite defenders who, by the way, are aiming to defend the Division I state championship this fall.
Baskerville can still remember that Saturday afternoon quite vividly. The atmosphere, the conversations with the coaches and, of course, Orgeron’s emphatic reaction to his newly minted defensive commit.
“The coaches were happy. I mean, coach O was screaming and he was enthusiastic,” Baskerville recalled to SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans.
“We (Baskerville, Ar’Darius Washington and Davin Cotton) all play together, so four more years … that will be special. The atmosphere at LSU — it just felt like home, and the coaches, they treated me like I was family.”
Since then, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound backer from Shreveport has been in regular communication with LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as the two continue to develop a bond with one another. Area recruiter Steve Ensminger is also lending a hand.
Topics of those conversations between Baskerville and Aranda fluctuate between X’s and O’s to just checking in, and thus far, the returns have been positive.
“They text me every day just to see how I’m doing,” Baskerville said. “It’s very tight. They see how I’m doing, they say good morning. Everything is going great. We’re getting tighter and tighter by the week.”
The LSU coaching staff has made it clear to Baskerville it eventually sees him playing a role much like Kendell Beckwith did in 2016 under Aranda’s tutelage.
Beckwith returned for his senior season and enjoyed a career year as the Tigers’ defensive captain and leader of the pack. Following in his footsteps is an opportunity that has not been lost on Baskerville.
“They want me to be a Mike linebacker,” he explained. “I’d be blitzing sometimes, and they see a lot of Kendell Beckwith in me. That’s just an honor to be put in a role like that. That’s a big role.”
Baskerville, a 3-star inside linebacker, added yet another accolade to his expanding resumé a month later when he and fellow LSU commit Kelvin Joseph punched their tickets to Oregon for Nike’s “The Opening” Finals.
His offer from LSU came in January, which has been followed by overtures from Arkansas, Marshall and Arkansas State.
Baskerville remains firm in his pledge to the in-state Tigers, but he has not completely closed the door on his recruitment just yet. All things considered, however, he still stands by his commitment.
“I’m committed to LSU, but my recruitment is still open,” Baskerville said. “But still, I’m an LSU Tiger.”
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